Surface Current Measurements at Ocean Fronts
NAVAL OCEAN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS
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Using a unique slope-following surface current meter, we have obtained measurements of near surface currents during the NORCSEX Norwegian Continental Shelf Experiment in March, 1988. These instruments were tethered to subsurface flotation on traditional taut wire moorings at three locations near ocean frontal areas. Objectives of the experiment included supporting the deeper moored and acoustic doppler measurements with surface information, providing a bottom boundary condition for wind stress analysis, comparison with a CODAR coastal Ocean Doppler Aperture Radar and testing a newly developed ARGOS transmission capability. In this discussion, we provide a general overview of the measurement results.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography